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    Heater and Controller recommendations

    I just replaced an IB ITC 306-A 1000W after just over two years of faultless service. I already miss its more interesting features, but I'm happy with its replacement, for now at least. ;)
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    External heater?

    I'm thinking sump as well for a 125g, but only as a platform for a algae scrubber. Anyway, I swapped in a hygger PTC heater 800w. It's been plumbed since 1/1, and is functioning well so far. It isn't an inline heater, but to a hardware man it's gorgeous AND functional. I'm currently running an...
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    Fluval FX vs. Oase Biomaster (vs. ?)

    I swapped out an OASE 600 for an FX6 2-days ago. Without going into too much detail, I'll just say that the 600 didn't stand up well to a year inline. Without some hard proof that OASE had updated their designs and mats I won't buy another. This means I'm currently running an FX6 and FX4 on my...
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    Gang, Please Quarantine New Fish!

    I've never used this method but I understand that it's possible to maintain BB by adding carefully metered amounts of our friend Ammonia to the tank.
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    Either way, if my albino has been stricken, it's a good thing. He scavenges for a large portion of his day and is smart enough to show up to his "indicator" corner when he wants a dedicated feed. Even with his "claspers", he seems to be in good health.
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    New Aquarium thoughts

    That's a great avatar you have. It reminds me of an old friend. ?
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    New Aquarium thoughts

    Greetings! Unless you have a specific reason to go with a pre-kitted tank, I'd source parts that I select myself. As I've learned both with building tanks and gaming computers this approach can be very rewarding intellectually. Good fortune WelshBoa, in whatever you decide! ?
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    Never trust technology, without using common sense!

    Indeed it is, that's why it's best to have an external thermostat and a heating tube that you trust and can easily monitor. The last thing I want is a tank full of par-boiled pets! :no:
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    Never trust technology, without using common sense!

    Be patient. A solid BB at the beginning of your tanks life cycle makes a lot of difference in the short and long terms.
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    That tracks. My albino hangs out in his designated corner of the tank sometimes. Once, with his weird "equipment" extended, they nearly reached for a passing tankmate. I really hope these things are a variant of a sharks claspers', Essjay.
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    I've watched nature programs for a long time. We've only seen one "fungus" THIS animated, and that was in a cave a long, long way from here.
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    I'm right there with you brother. The idea of something like a gill flukes in my water-box is driving me bananas. If there were such a thing as a pleco physician I would have been there days ago, and I hate doctors.
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    Trying not to make a mistake.

    Agreed. I took the information for what it is, but I'll continue to do things as I have for now.
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    Trying not to make a mistake.

    I've owned cannister filters for a very long time, but I'm sure I don't know everything there is to know about them or the biology they're designed to maintain. With a primary filter being fully cycled in, and a secondary filter just starting to cycle up, I wanted to investigate possible damage...
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    Big River South

    Yup, a beautiful hunk of kit for sure.
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    Trying not to make a mistake.

    Since my secondary has only been inline for 2-weeks I figure fully servicing my relatively new primary could be a a big mistake, PKZ. What I'm trying to do is ascertain how much detritus has accumulated in the main body of my primary out of pure curiosity. The "dual cavity" OASE 600 is supposed...
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    Trying not to make a mistake.

    Just over a month ago, I lost my secondary filter. I bought a replacement and put it inline. The interesting thing ($) is that I had replaced my main filter as well about 8-weeks earlier. I told myself at the time I'd take a look at the media in the filter when I thought it had cycled-in, to see...
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    A decent assessment as well, Avel. Edit: BTW, I was scratching my face off trying trying not to turn your response into a debate. I'm a nice brother, right? ;)
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    Sure, if you want to split hairs. I however see "fish keeping" as just that, not someone in proximity to fish that they think are cute and decide not to eat. When it's 35 below outside, and mere feet from my tank, and critical support services are pumping away to keep my fish people alive, I...
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    What is this on my BN Pleco?

    To answer your question, they did so clumsily with little understanding of what was happening! :)
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